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Pilgrim's Pride expanding cooked chicken recall

By
Eric DuVall
The gazebo outside a Pilgrim's Pride packing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, is pictured. The company has expanded a cooked chicken recall to include 5.1 million pounds of chicken that may be tainted with pieces of metal or plastic. Photo by Lori Martin/Shutterstock
The gazebo outside a Pilgrim's Pride packing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, is pictured. The company has expanded a cooked chicken recall to include 5.1 million pounds of chicken that may be tainted with pieces of metal or plastic. Photo by Lori Martin/Shutterstock

WACO, Texas, May 7 (UPI) -- Pilgrim's Pride, the Texas-based chicken producer, is expanding a recall from April over concerns some 5.1 million pounds of cooked chicken may be contaminated with pieces of plastic or metal.

The initial recall focused on fully cooked chicken nuggets sold in high quantities to schools and other institutions nationwide. The initial recall was for 4.5 million pounds of more than two dozen types of cooked chicken.

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The expanded recall released this week adds another seven brand types, most of which are sold under the name Green Dragon and have Asian seasoning on the chicken.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a full list of the products being recalled.

The USDA said there have not been any confirmed illnesses or injuries as a result of eating the potentially tainted meat, though the company did receive customer complaints of bags of chicken tainted with pieces of plastic.

Consumers who have purchased any of the products on the recall list should return them to the store or throw them away.

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